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Bottles like this 1980 Old Crow Bottled in Bond are always a crapshoot. Sometimes old bottles are great and other times they are completely ruined by the plastic cap. I’m happy this one came through, but I would never pay a whole lot for a bottle of this for that very reason. Keep that mind when you’re out dusty hunting.

Bottles like this 1980 Old Crow Bottled in Bond are always a crapshoot. Sometimes old bottles are great and other times they are completely ruined by the plastic cap.

Old Crow. Great for mixing. Sipping?... not so much

Old Crow is a great mixing As a sipping not so much.

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It’s not a bourbon / whiskey I’d kick out of bed, but the GR Sharpe Old Style Whiskey isn’t anything super special either. It’s fairly standard for everything else I’ve had from that era and outside of the awesome factor of drinking something 100 years old there’s nothing exceptional about it. Saying that makes me sound jaded to the experience, but that’s definitely not the case.

It’s not a bourbon / whiskey I’d kick out of bed, but the GR Sharpe Old Style Whiskey isn’t anything super special either. It’s fairly standard for everything else I’ve had from that era and outside of the awesome factor of drinking something 100 years old there’s nothing exceptional about it. Saying that makes me sound jaded to the experience, but that’s definitely not the case.

Bottled in Bond (BiB) is a term, typically applied to whiskey, that used to be synonymous with “the good stuff” and came about due to the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. It was a sign that what was inside the bottle had …

Bottled in Bond (BiB) is a term, typically applied to whiskey, that used to be synonymous with “the good stuff” and came about due to the Bottled-in-Bond Act of

1980s Old Whiskey River isn’t crazy complex, but it is tasty and inviting. As you’d expect there’s a solid bit of OBE stretching across the nose and to the finish from sitting on the shelf for 30 years.

Old Whiskey River isn’t crazy complex, but it is tasty and inviting. As you’d expect there’s a solid bit of OBE stretching across the nose and to the finish from sitting on the shelf for 30 years.

The Old Hermitage Medicinal Pint wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, but it was incredibly interesting. I’ve had a lot of perfumy whiskies over the years, but this was the first one I could really call “cologne-like”. Like a lot of older whiskey there was a deep butterscotch essence to it and a bit of an herbal bite to both the aroma and the flavor which is something that most current whiskies don’t have. A fun taste of whiskey from a dead distillery.

The Old Hermitage Medicinal Pint wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, but it was incredibly interesting. I’ve had a lot of perfumy whiskies over the years, but this was the first one I could really call “cologne-like”. Like a lot of older whiskey there was a deep butterscotch essence to it and a bit of an herbal bite to both the aroma and the flavor which is something that most current whiskies don’t have. A fun taste of whiskey from a dead distillery.

The first bourbon made in Wyoming.

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Miserable. This 1933 Old Fitzgerald Medicinal Pint is absolutely miserable. It’s seriously among some of the worst bourbon I’ve ever had, but when beggars can’t be choosers this is what they would drink. I don’t know if this is what all Old Fitz Med Pints tasted like back then, but there are some reasons why this whiskey is so bad.

Miserable. This 1933 Old Fitzgerald Medicinal Pint is absolutely miserable. It’s seriously among some of the worst bourbon I’ve ever had, but when beggars can’t be choosers this is what they would drink. I don’t know if this is what all Old Fitz Med Pints tasted like back then, but there are some reasons why this whiskey is so bad.

For a young whiskey Driftless Glen Young Rye remarkably tasty and alluring. The fruitiness of the aroma, palate and finish are what you’d expect from a young high-rye whiskey, but the darker sweeter flavors and aromas are rather remarkable for something this young. I would have pegged this as being closer to two years with how much of that is coming through and there’s very little of that “craft sawdust” note I usually get in young small barrel whiskies.

For a young whiskey Driftless Glen Young Rye remarkably tasty and alluring. The fruitiness of the aroma, palate and finish are what you’d expect from a young high-rye whiskey, but the darker sweeter flavors and aromas are rather remarkable for something this young. I would have pegged this as being closer to two years with how much of that is coming through and there’s very little of that “craft sawdust” note I usually get in young small barrel whiskies.

Awful, just awful. The Special Old Reserve Medicinal Pint smells and drinks like sandalwood perfume. Maybe it tasted and smelled different back then; maybe it didn’t. Maybe this is a bad bottle; maybe it’s not. All I know is that if this was all I had access to during prohibition I would have given up drinking and the only reason it didn’t get an F is because of how much I do like the smell of Sandalwood… just not at this level in my whiskey.

Awful, just awful. The Special Old Reserve Medicinal Pint smells and drinks like sandalwood perfume. Maybe it tasted and smelled different back then; maybe it didn’t. Maybe this is a bad bottle; maybe it’s not. All I know is that if this was all I had access to during prohibition I would have given up drinking and the only reason it didn’t get an F is because of how much I do like the smell of Sandalwood… just not at this level in my whiskey.

K&L picked out one hell of a Buffalo Trace Single Barrel. It’s smooth, rich and aggressive in all the right ways. The heavy oak that runs through the nose, palate and finish give the bourbon an overall nice essence that keeps me coming back for more. It’s enough of a difference and enough of level up over the regular Buffalo Trace that it’s worth another point. These guys always seem to snag cherry barrels so their single barrel stuff is definitely worth watching for.

K&L picked out one hell of a Buffalo Trace Single Barrel. It’s smooth, rich and aggressive in all the right ways. The heavy oak that runs through the nose, palate and finish give the bourbon an overall nice essence that keeps me coming back for more.

Modern Old Crow is a great example of how a once great brand is now used to market and move pallets of cheap bourbon. It really isn’t a good representation of what bourbon can be, but I suppose it serves a purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always grateful for the opportunity to try any bourbon, but I can’t hide my disappointment for how it tastes. To me this is now the brand a college kid would use to make some type of hunch punch or what an ancient alcoholic might use as a means to an end.

Modern Old Crow is a great example of how a once great brand is now used to market and move pallets of cheap bourbon.

Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof is a good bourbon, there’s no denying that, though I couldn’t help but be a little surprised at how light this Batch 3 is. The nose on the Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof comes in a bit light and even after several rounds of adding water no additional layers of complexity were revealed. The Same could not be said for the palate though as water helped open and deepen flavors a bit more there.

Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof is a good bourbon, there’s no denying that…

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